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The blocks of historically significant but virtually empty office buildings in downtown Los Angeles' historic core have the potential to be converted into housing for at least 5,000 people, according to an architectural survey to be released today. The survey commissioned by the Los Angeles Conservancy is intended to fuel a growing interest among property owners, investors and developers in carving out apartments from the shells of long-vacant buildings along Broadway, Main and Spring streets.
September 8, 1985
C. W. Cook Co. Inc., has moved from 8459 Melrose Ave. to the Westside Towers, 11835 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 375, West Los Angeles. The 74-year-old civil engineering, land planning and land surveying firm had been at the Melrose Avenue address since 1926. "This is only the third location we've had," according to L. Paul Cook, president of the firm and third generation co-owner with his brother Lloyd J. Cook.
May 16, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A historic — and some say haunted — Los Angeles hospital that has been closed for two decades is set to be converted into apartments for low-income seniors in a $40-million makeover. Linda Vista Community Hospital is an imposing relic from the days when railroads took care of their sick and injured employees in company facilities. Originally known as Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital, it was built for employees of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in Boyle Heights, a blue-collar neighborhood east of the city's rail yards and home to many railroad workers.
November 14, 1998 | BOB POOL
Ralph Gilmer and his friends could write the book on persistence. But they probably couldn't find shelf space for it at their favorite library. Not yet, that is. Gilmer, a Ladera Heights real estate agent, and a handful of other volunteers have spent every Tuesday night for the past 6 1/2 years at the tiny Jefferson Park branch library in southwestern Los Angeles, studying ways to enlarge its minuscule reading room and researching ways to pay for it.
May 7, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Construction of the Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse reached a milestone last week when workers placed the last beam of the $490-million structure in downtown Long Beach. The new building, set to open on Magnolia Avenue in fall 2013, will replace the nearby Long Beach Courthouse, completed in 1959 and considered overcrowded and obsolete. The five-story Deukmejian building will house 31 courtrooms, as well as superior court administration quarters, Los Angeles County justice agencies, offices leased to the county Probation Department, a food court and a convenience store.
September 3, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Construction has kicked off on a $63-million apartment and shopping complex near a light-rail station on the edge of downtown Culver City as developers move to capitalize on the new Expo Line. The six-story project is being built by Santa Monica apartment landlord NMS Properties. The development at 9901 Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles, across the street from Culver City, will be known as NMS@Culver City. It will house 131 units over restaurants and shops. The complex is across from the Kirk Douglas Theatre and Sony Pictures Plaza office building.
November 24, 1999 | JAMES FLANIGAN
Alice Salinas, Melanie Stephens and Sister Diane Donoghue are unlikely home builders who nonetheless have rehabilitated 108 housing units for low-income working people in Los Angeles. The three are leaders of Esperanza Community Housing Corp., a nonprofit agency that is rehabilitating 40 more substandard housing units into family residences complete with day-care centers, laundry rooms and other amenities.
June 15, 1986 | ELIZABETH VENANT, Elizabeth Venant is a Times staff writer
When interior designer Laurie Hayes and architect Mats Johanson planned to marry, they designed the celebration not around a church or park, they matched it to a rooftop. Art Deco buffs, they chose wedding cake, flowers and bridesmaids' gowns to go with the James Oviatt Building's 13th-floor Deco summit. At the end of the day, manufacturer's representative Brad Culbertson climbs to the top of his house in Rancho Park for a splash in his rooftop Jacuzzi.
August 15, 2003 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Perino's, a long-gone but legendary Wilshire Boulevard restaurant that catered to the top tier of Los Angeles society for decades, may soon give way to a high-end apartment building. Developers plan to knock down the 70-year-old building and erect a 48-unit luxury apartment complex, but one that attempts to preserve the style and legacy of the beloved eatery. The new building would be called Perino's Apartments. In its glory days, Perino's set the standard for sophistication and high style.
May 2, 2007 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Developers led by former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros have started work on a $90-million "workforce" housing project near Marina del Rey. The site on Glencoe Avenue southeast of the oft-congested intersection of Lincoln and Washington boulevards is close to two shopping centers and a Costco warehouse store.
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